Today in Research: Testosterone's Negative Effects; Diet Soda Death

More

Discovered: Nuclear accidents aren't so bad; diet soda is unhealthy; why men are such jerks; a new, old crocodile; college ruins marriageability.

  • Diet soda is unhealthy. Please, please don't take away diet soda from us, science. Last week it was caffeine and now we can't even enjoy a mid-afternoon Diet Coke break without imagining heart attacks and hospital beds. Looking at 2,564 drinkers of calorie-free soda, researchers found cola addicts were 43 percent more likely to suffer a vascular event than those who abstained. Boo. Of course calorie-free, caffeinated, fizzy deliciousness kills us. Of course. [Journal of General Internal Medicine]
  • Testosterone makes people awful. This explains a lot. Testosterone, the hormone men have more of, makes humans both more egotistical and less cooperative -- an unsavory combination of personality traits. "We have shown that, in fact, testosterone also affects our decisions, by making us more egotistical," explains Dr. Nick Wright. "Sometimes, too much testosterone can help blind us to other people's views." Though we'd like to say this only applies to dudes, the study observed the same behavior in women with too much of the hormone. [Welcome Trust]

Read the full story at The Atlantic Wire.

Jump to comments
Presented by

The Atlantic Wire is your authoritative guide to the news and ideas that matter most right now.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Where the Wildest Things Are

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Where the Wild Things Go

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

Video

Adults Need Playtime Too

When was the last time you played your favorite childhood game?

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

Writers

Up
Down

More in Health

Just In